By Alain Daniélou
In Shiva and the Primordial Tradition, Alain Daniélou explores the connection among Shaivism and the Western international. Shaivite philosophy doesn't oppose theology, cosmology, and technological know-how since it acknowledges that their universal target is to hunt to appreciate and clarify the character of the area. within the Western international, the assumption of bridging the divide among technology and faith is simply commencing to contact the perimeters of mainstream thought.
This infrequent number of the overdue author’s writings, chosen and edited by means of Jean-Louis Gabin, includes numerous never-before-published articles and gives an in depth exam of the underpinnings of Shaivism. It offers an in-depth examine the various points of the Samkhya, the cosmologic doctrines of the Shaivite culture. Daniélou presents very important revelations on matters resembling the technology of desires, the position of poetry and sexuality within the sacred, the character of the good Shankara, and the Shaivite effect at the Scythians and the Parthians (and by means of extension, the Hellenic international in general). supplying a powerful argument in desire of the polytheistic strategy, he explains that monotheism is basically the deification of individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that through acknowledging the sacred in every thing, we will realize the imprint of the primordial tradition.
ALAIN DANIÉLOU (1907–1994) spent greater than fifteen years within the conventional society of India, utilizing in simple terms the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and learning tune and philosophy with eminent students. He used to be duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him strange entry to texts transmitted during the oral culture by myself. he's the writer or translator of greater than thirty books at the faith, historical past, and humanities of India and the Mediterranean, together with the entire Kama Sutra, The Myths and Gods of India, and a quick heritage of India.
JEAN-LOUIS GABIN, Ph.D., started amassing and enhancing many of the texts during this quantity in collaboration with Daniélou whereas he was once nonetheless alive. he's engaged on an extra Ph.D. in Philosophy of faith and Indology at the topic “Tradition and Modernity within the works of Alain Daniélou.” He additionally has edited and released 5 posthumous collections of Alain Daniélou’s paintings in French in addition to serving as editor of the English version of India: A Civilization of ameliorations.
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I am your pupil. Teach me what I seek! 7 I see nothing that could drive away the grief that withers my senses; even if I won kingdoms of unrivaled wealth on earth and sovereignty over gods. qxd 4/1/04 7:29 AM Page 33 p h i l o s o p h y a n d s p i r i t ua l d i s c i p l i n e 33 Sanjaya Arjuna told this to Krishna—then saying, “I shall not fight,” he fell silent. 9 Mocking him gently, Krishna gave this counsel as Arjuna sat dejected, between the two armies. 10 Lord Krishna You grieve for those beyond grief, and you speak words of insight; but learned men do not grieve for the dead or the living.
36 Just as a flaming fire reduces wood to ashes, Arjuna, so the fire of knowledge reduces all actions to ashes. 37 No purifier equals knowledge, and in time the man of perfect discipline discovers this in his own spirit. 38 Faithful, intent, his senses subdued, he gains knowledge; gaining knowledge, he soon finds perfect peace. 39 An ignorant man is lost, faithless, and filled with self-doubt; a soul that harbors doubt has no joy, not in this world or the next. qxd 4/1/04 7:29 AM Page 57 knowledge 57 Arjuna, actions do not bind a man in possession of himself, who renounces action through discipline and severs doubt with knowledge.
31 But those who find fault and fail to follow my thought, know that they are lost fools, deluded by every bit of knowledge. 32 Even a man of knowledge behaves in accord with his own nature; creatures all conform to nature; what can one do to restrain them? qxd 4/1/04 7:29 AM Page 48 48 the third teaching Attraction and hatred are poised in the object of every sense experience; a man must not fall prey to these two brigands lurking on his path! 34 Your own duty done imperfectly is better than another man’s done well.